Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Oh and I have not forgotten about the awards that I received!! I promise to post those soon.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
You see, I started Ozzie all by myself. I was pregnant and working him in the round pen. I saddled him, I did everything. I was so proud of my little horse. We even took him a few different times to ride at a local arena. So, off Ozzie went to get a quick jump start into some western pleasure training.
Ozzie has been with the new trainer for two and a half weeks. I went on Saturday to go and watch the trainer ride him. He told me that he had been riding Ozzie in a shank bit, which I think is way too big for a colt. And then he went on to tell me all sorts of other things. Here are some things that the trainer said to me. Tell me what you would say back to him?
"Not to sound rude but this horse was not broke. You were brave to have ridden him." My thought to this was, jerk, Ozzie was going fine.
"You know how long it took me to get this horse to walk slow in the round pen?" My thought to this, you are a loser trainer, I worked my butt off with that horse in the round pen. I can get him to walk slow with no problems at all.
"You don't want to pull his mane. We can show him at an APHA show in a pleasure class with his mane long. We will just take some junks of mane and band it and then band it again." My thoughts, Are you stupid. I will not have my horse look like an 80's biker. We will be laughed out of the arena. I refuse to go to even an open show with out my horse banded and with a thinned mane. He obviously hasn't been to any APHA or AQHA shows lately.
"Don't you dare take a single picture of me or I will load your horse up right now and take him home. I am serious!" My thoughts to this, Are you stupid or just wanted for some horrible crime? He was being serious too. He asked Mr. Cowboy to come and take my camera away from me.
Then there were a bunch of other things he said. He rode my horse in the round pen and all he did was walk. He went on and on about how he had to fix all sorts of things. Which I was watching him ride Ozzie and I didn't see anything new. Ozzie and I were doing all that he was doing. Below is a picture of Cowpokette on Ozzie with my "trainer".
Then my "trainer" came out to the barn where I go to ride Chip. He brought Ozzie along for a little ride. Again all he did was walk Ozzie around and do some bending and that was it. Then the trainer had me get on Ozzie and went on about how I can't ride. I then was telling him how sometimes my feet fall asleep in the stirrups and maybe it's because I have poor circulation or something. He then said, "No, it's because your legs are fat." At this point I was a bit mad. He had said some other things too but I am not going to write them because it would take me way too long to do so. I then like the kind lady I am, took my feet out of the stirrups and flipped the jerk the bird and walked away from my horse. Sorry Dad, but he deserved it. I at least kept from telling him off.
It's aggravating because I am paying him $600 a month plus feed, and he is giving me attitude. He also said he was going to have to charge me more a month because I can't keep my mouth shut while riding. Sorry if I ask questions and I don't ride exactly like he does. My goodness. He is a really good rider, but boy does he have the worst bedside manners. He can't deal with people. I think that will not get him anywhere in this world with any horse people. He is going to get some clients that know nothing and have to teach them how to ride. Oh I would love to see that happen. He would have a mental break down. He was yelling at me and I was trying hard to understand what he wanted me to do. I am excited that my horse is doing so well, but I could do with out the bad attitude the man has. I want to keep Ozzie there a bit longer, but I am not too sure I can take his criticism. It is his way or no way. Sigh. Mr. Cowboy says that Ozzie will leave as soon as the 30 days are up.
I don't know, but I do know Cowpokette had fun riding Ozzie. Well, she sat on him and wanted a ride, but she isn't old enough to go faster than standing still.
I wanted to send Ozzie to a good western pleasure trainer, but knowing how Ozzie is not really "beautiful", like a lot of those show horses are, I didn't want to waste the big name trainer's time with my little gelding. All I wanted to do was show Ozzie at some open shows and then maybe letting some of my cowpokes ride him too.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
He will smell good for about half a day.
Monday, July 21, 2008
At least Mr. Cowboy is really good at landing in the arena dirt. We all had a good laugh. I think Richie is trying to tell Mr. Cowboy to sit on his back pockets. Mr. Cowboy was in good spirits about it. He threw his hands up in the air and said, "Safe!" I was thinking, "Man, and I get to ride that horse next!" I was less than thrilled. One of these days I will get the guts to ride a horse as super fast as all those contesters do.
Little Cowpoke had a better start, he roped his "calf".
Then he layed down and declaired that he was hot and tired.
Big Cowpoke roped his "calf" too! We were definatly having a better day than Mr. Cowboy. I forgot to take a picture of him missing the roping dummy. I was the last to rope.
I roped the dummy! As you can see, Mr. Cowboy zoomed way in so you all could see my mad skills. I think he was jealous that I am actually getting better. Okay, he so isn't jealous, but I do need to work on his picture taking skills. We had all the other normal events at our playday, stakes, straight away barrels, clover leaf barrels, poles, flags, and goats. This playday they added Buddy Barrel Pickup. I love this event. Of coarse I am way too chicken to participate. But that didn't stop Big Cowpoke.
He jumped up on that barrel and waited for Mr. Cowboy to come and get him.
They came in third place at 12.469 seconds, even with Mr. Cowboy doing the superman. We definatly had an interesting day. Never a dull moment. Unless you are these two.
Awh, sweet babes.
Friday, July 18, 2008
It is the big city of Houston, Texas. We drove through there a few weekends ago. Big Cowpoke loves to see the big tall buildings. Every time he sees them he says, "Are we in New York City?" He is so fascinated with city life. What goes on there and why the buildings are so tall. While we were there, we stopped by the Houston Zoo. Mr. Cowboy loves to go to the zoo. I think either you are a zoo fan or you are not. Mr. Cowboy loves the zoo and when ever we go on vacation anywhere he always suggests going to the zoo. He is funny. The kids love the zoo too.
This zoo had a great kid's area. We spent most of our day there. It was thundering and about to storm so a lot of the crowd left. I love it when that happens.
They had these really neat caves and prairie dog tunnels. I think if I were a prairie dog I would hang out here.
I would be the first one to get the food. Never missing a bite.
They had a bald eagle and a nest that you could lay in. The bald eagle had a broken wing so it was never going to fly again. I would have taken a picture of the bald eagle but there was this lady standing in the way saying, "Oh the poor bird, look how said it is, oh it's so sad that poor bird....." She kept going on and on and on. I wanted to tell her, "Look lady, it has a broken wing and if it didn't live here it would die, so just take a picture and move on." My goodness. Okay, now that I have that off my chest, I will move on.
I also love that we spend money to go and pet animals that we have at home. The petting zoo consisted of about 20 goats and three sheep. Little Cowpoke loved this sheep. I liked her too. I think I could have taken her home. She is so sweet. Speaking of sweet.
I could just squeeze that little girl. It's so amazing how she only sees her dad for about two days a week and she still is a daddy's girl. Mr. Cowboy made sure that Cowpokette saw all of the animals.
And she loved that he showed her every animal. Cowpokette is such an animal lover. And speaking of animal love.
Uhm....yeah....please don't disturb the bears. Let me tell ya we didn't stay at this exhibit too long. We quickly moved on to the creepy slimy house.This guy was pretty cool. I have never seen a blue snake before.
This one was huge! I would cry if I would ever encounter this with out a really thick piece of glass between us. It looks like it could eat me!
I have never seen a white alligator. He was really cool. I bet he has a hard time keeping clean in the swamp lands of the south. I mean how hard would it be for this white guy to hide in the brown water? I think he might stick out just a bit. I do have to say that this zoo did have some pretty neat animals. I was pretty impressed.